Mariners Acquire Kendrys Morales

The Mariners have acquired Kendrys Morales from the Twins in exchange for right-hander Stephen Pryor, the team announced.

Kendrys Morales

Morales’ stay with the Twins didn’t prove to be a lengthy one, as his tenure in Minnesota lasted just 39 games. The switch-hitting slugger’s overall numbers with the Twins don’t look like much, as he’s batted just .234/.259/.325. He did, however, just wrap up a 12-game hitting streak that saw him bat .292/.314/.417, so he’s showing some signs of life at the dish. Seattle designated hitters have batted just .217/.294/.343, so the bar for improvement isn’t set that high with the Mariners.

The Twins signed Morales shortly after the draft, paying him the prorated version of a $12MM base salary on a one-year deal. In other words, the Twins paid about $3.08MM for less than two months of Morales and turned that into the hard-throwing but control-challenged Pryor. The Mariners, on the other hand, appear to be on the hook for the remaining $4.3MM on Morales’ contract.

Pryor, who turned 25 yesterday, has spent much of the season with Triple-A Tacoma as he recovers from surgery to repair his latissimus dorsi muscle that he underwent in 2013 (as noted by Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN on Twitter). In 31 innings with Tacoma this season, Pryor has posted a 4.65 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9. However, Pryor does have some big league experience under his belt, as he has compiled a 2.81 ERA with a 35-to-16 K/BB ratio in 32 Major League innings. He’s averaged 96 mph on his fastball in his brief time in the Majors and can be controlled at least through the 2018 season. Pryor will report to Triple-A Rochester, per the Twins.

Morales was said by agent Scott Boras to be interested in working out a long-term deal with the Twins. Morales also said (via interpreter) on a road trip to Seattle that the reason he didn’t sign with the M’s this past offseason was that didn’t want to be in the same situation (presumably referring to the possibility of taking a one-year deal and again being hit with a qualifying offer in the 2014-15 offseason). It’s possible that the Twins could again show interest in Morales as a free agent this winter, and if he can hit well over the final two-plus months with the Mariners, he figures to do better on the open market than he did last time around. Because he did not spent the entire regular season with one team, he is now ineligible to receive a qualifying offer.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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128 Comments on "Mariners Acquire Kendrys Morales"


Karkat
1 year 10 days ago

Morales really needs to build a time machine and just go back and accept that QO now.

chalk1973
1 year 10 days ago

Morales really needs to build a time machine and just go back and step on home plate.

MikeTroutForMayor
1 year 10 days ago

Oh god…..the pain all just came rushing back. Why did you have to jump??!?!

RyanWKrol
1 year 10 days ago

Seems like that injury created a rift that led to a 3 year downward spiral for the Angels. Although it could’ve been a lot worse. Still managed 2 winning seasons in the next 3 before this season.

Karkat
1 year 10 days ago

And/or make all his teammates just get out of the way xD

Nayners
1 year 10 days ago

Best comment of the day.

Douglas Rau
1 year 10 days ago

He does that, the Angels maybe don’t spend how many millions on Pujols. Who knows who the Angels sign with all of those millions and where does Pujols go? Wow, the game would be so different…all because of one broken leg.

chalk1973
1 year 10 days ago

He was so good, especially after losing out on signing Mark Teixeira.

EP Angryhuahua
1 year 10 days ago

Talk about a great first comment Chalk1973!

Strugz
1 year 10 days ago

Well done.

TheOne247
1 year 10 days ago

wow…

Light_tower_power
1 year 10 days ago

lol I thought Morales said he didn’t want to go back to Seattle

I suspected when the Twins signed him it would a sign and trade, not a bad move for the Twins

Yaow
1 year 10 days ago

I’d imagine a lot of players have a change of heart when the team they are going to is winning.

monkeyking42
1 year 10 days ago

I guess. He didn’t play well and they didn’t get much in return, so it’s not a huge win.

Anthony
1 year 10 days ago

They signed him and traded him, but he was unproductive while they had him and they got nothing much for him, and it only cost $3 million.

Cubman12
1 year 10 days ago

A low cost addition for Seattle

JonS
1 year 10 days ago

Is this a joke?

Tony Matias
1 year 10 days ago

A rental who doesn’t want to be there. Brilliant.

Karkat
1 year 10 days ago

He had to approve the trade because it came so soon after his signing, didn’t he?

Tony Matias
1 year 10 days ago

I’m going to guess there will be news of an extension shortly. It’s the only thing that makes sense in this case. (Making “sense” being a relative term).

1 year 10 days ago

I would imagine Boras will be taking Morales’ talents to free agency without the QO attached to him.

James F
1 year 10 days ago

That’s why I love this trade LOL

livingpaint
1 year 10 days ago

the only way the M’s can get Morales is via trades… lol

Seamaholic
1 year 10 days ago

Yowza. Credit to the M’s for swallowing their pride, but still, this is the best impact hitter they can find? I hope not.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 10 days ago

Why do the M’s continue hoping these 1B guys who don’t hit well on other teams are going to hit well in Safeco? LoMo, Smoak, Hart, Morales…at their career best they seem to be average hitters. Morales has hit for high average for periods of time, but never with power and never for very long it seems. Isn’t the DH position supposed to be pure offense?

JohnDavidWSU
1 year 10 days ago

Perhaps because Morales hit well at Safeco last season. He had a triple slash of .282/.339/.472 with 12 HR and 42 RBI’s. Despite struggling in Minnesota, hopefully he can ride his recent 12 game hitting streak and put up numbers somewhere in the ballpark of last year.

Dogham
1 year 10 days ago

he just hit .292 over his past 12 games for Minnesota. he has historically hit well at Safeco.

Chris Koch
1 year 10 days ago

Weren’t 4 of those Games in Coors Field? Probably 3 additional hits that in any other ball park are outs. In a 12 game sample…yeah that .292 doesn’t look that great now.

SteveF
1 year 10 days ago

And my 1st place Orioles done nothing

Sypherman
1 year 10 days ago

Orioles need to have something of value that they are willing to part with first. But they don’t want to give up Bundy, Machado or Gausman so expect more mediocre trades like the past couple years…..assuming they make any at all.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 10 days ago

Why be upset over this?
Unless the O’s acquire Cashner or Quintana, I don’t care if we miss out on the

Morales’s of the league.

whitesoxgm
1 year 10 days ago

Im sure sox would take machado for Quintana.

RyanWKrol
1 year 10 days ago

Aren’t they 21-11 in their last 32? They just played like a team ready to compete in October against the Angels early this week.

Tony Matias
1 year 10 days ago

There better be more moves that follow.

Tyler James Israel
1 year 10 days ago

Dang, Pryor is a stud and under control for a while. Good thing Maurer has stepped up and made him disposable.

Hopefully Kendrys can step up and be the impact bat behind Cano. GO M’s!

ChrisSEA84
1 year 10 days ago

Yea, I would hate this trade for the Mariners if their bullpen wasn’t doing as good as it has been this season. Hopefully Kendrys will be better than a Hart.

asovermann
1 year 10 days ago

Not sure who you’ve been watching, Pryor has been awful this season and his velocity is down to 91 from 97 2 years ago.

xcfan
1 year 10 days ago

Pryor may never be what he was before his injury. I wouldn’t call him a stud right now. His velocity has dropped considerably. Without the overpowering FB that he had, he will need to learn to pitch differently.

Scott Goin
1 year 10 days ago

As others have said, his velocity is way down after his surgery. It may eventually come back or it may not. The Twins could get lucky but right now he’s probably not fit for a major league bullpen.

Frittoman626
1 year 10 days ago

Started from the bottom now I’m back.

McNasty
1 year 10 days ago

Oh the irony.

buffalonichols
1 year 10 days ago

I know they were never going to get much for him and I know next to nothing about Stephen Pryor, but I would have hoped for something other than a reliever.

Reuven Bolnick
1 year 10 days ago

He has the potential to be an amazing closer. You guys got a good deal.

ChrisSEA84
1 year 10 days ago

Eh, he’s alright. Hasn’t been the same since his surgery.

John Evans
1 year 10 days ago

For a change, it’s about having a chance at the post-season this year for the Mariners. Their bullpen is one of the best in the majors, and the pen was doing fine without Pryor… so this is probably a good deal for both teams. Pryor will probably end up being pretty good if he avoids injuries, and Morales can only do better than what the M’s have had at DH so far this year… he hit well from both sides of the plate for Seattle last season, and after a late start this year I hope he’s just getting warmed up now and is ready to start rockin’ it.

buffalonichols
1 year 10 days ago

But they already have Glen Perkins and drafted two college guys with “potential to be an amazing closer” just last month. Seems Pryor at least threw hard before his surgery, so maybe he’ll amount to something I guess.

docmilo5
1 year 10 days ago

You can never have enough guys with closers’ stuff. When they get expensive, trade them to Detroit.

ChrisSEA84
1 year 10 days ago

Lol, welcome back Kendrys!

Hootiss
1 year 10 days ago

Wai.. Huh.. wha really? Very funny guys great joke.. Wheres the camera?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 10 days ago

Well having Morales reject the QO was the best thing that happened for Seattle. Not only to they get him back on a 1 year deal but the AAV is lower than the QO.

Scott Berlin
1 year 10 days ago

But they gave up talent.

RyanWKrol
1 year 10 days ago

Not much though.

Scott Berlin
1 year 10 days ago

Talent is talent. You have teams with all the money in the world like the Dodgers and Yankees that have a tough time finding it.

RyanWKrol
1 year 10 days ago

This seems like one of those moves that everyone knew was going to happen one way or the other.

Anthony
1 year 10 days ago

They got him not for 6 months but for 2.2 months.

EP Angryhuahua
1 year 10 days ago

Already counting the M’s out of the postseason?

livingpaint
1 year 10 days ago

The M’s are the Pokemon Masters of 1st Basemen/DH types… They have the leagues stockpile of them now… Loney, you’re next! Howard may be let go and you know they are eyeing that… Konerko? Morneau? LaRoche? they just need to catch em all muahahahhaa…

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 10 days ago

they only want the bad ones, though…

legaryd
1 year 10 days ago

The M’s need to sign Cliff Lee so I don’t have to buy any new Mariners gear this year.

Frittoman626
1 year 10 days ago

Good luck with that, Lee will be around 37-38 the next time they’ll be able to sign him.

Tony Matias
1 year 10 days ago

Don’t worry. They’re just going to flip Morales for Vargas in a day or two.

1 year 10 days ago

That’ll be an awkward first locker room visit.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 10 days ago

At least he will know where everything is.